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Kisses Are Complicated

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Emma had been listening to Henry far too much. At least, that's what she told herself. That was why she was upset about the state of her relationship with Regina. All of his talk about True Love's Kiss had gotten to her, and now she was upset because Regina wouldn't kiss her back.

Well, okay, maybe upset was too strong of a word. For something that had started out as casual, meaningless sex, her relationship with Regina was going far better than she'd ever expected. First the sex had gone from once a month to once a week, then every night. After Mary-Margaret had walked in on them, Regina had decided to take their relationship public, but Emma could tell that the older woman's heart wasn't really in it. She just seemed to get some kind of perverse pleasure out of rubbing their relationship in Mary-Margaret's face for some reason. Regina had started too cool down though when she realized that nobody was really surprised (Ruby and Leroy had apparently even started a betting pool), not even Henry.

But Emma wasn't having any of that. She wasn't looking for marriage, but she wanted stability dammit! So one night she'd taken matters into her own hands. She and Regina had just finished, and Regina had gone to get out of bed (They'd taken to using Emma's bed so that they could be sure Henry wouldn't hear them or, heaven forbid, walk in on them.), when Emma grabbed her and pulled her back down. "What do you think you're doing?" Regina had snapped, struggling to get out of Emma's bear hug.

"Tonight you're going to stay here and cuddle." Emma told her simply, tightening her grip. Regina had frozen.

"That's not how this works." She'd said quietly.

"It is now." Emma had retorted stubbornly. There'd been a pause, and then Regina had sighed.

"Fine. But if we're going to do this, we're going to do it right. Let me go and turn so you're facing that wall." Emma had frowned.


"Because if we're going to spoon, then I'm going to be the Big Spoon. Now roll over." Emma had rolled her eyes, but she rolled over anyway.

Since then things had started to progress fairly steadily. Regina had started to smile genuinely, and hold Emma's hand in public, and even occasionally kiss her. But then, suddenly, Regina had backed off. All of the sudden, Regina had gone from slowly becoming more passionate and even tender to being a cold bitch again. She hadn't dumped Emma yet, but Regina had stopped kissing her back, usually even turning her cheek to make sure Emma wouldn't kiss her on the lips.

Emma shook her head angrily. Forget it. Whether or not Henry's stories were effecting her mind, she wasn't going to give up without a fight on one of the best things to ever happen to her. Because that's where this was going. If she let Regina pull back, this relationship was going to die, and she didn't want that. Everything she'd ever loved, everyone she'd ever loved, had gone away. She'd gotten Henry back, and she was going to get Regina back too.
Five minutes later- Regina's Office

Regina looked up sharply as Emma walked into her office. Ruby, who'd delivered lunch to Regina, raised an eyebrow. She'd become close(ish) to Regina during the time that Regina had been starting to open up (which the young woman referred to as the Great Defrosting), and so Regina had allowed her to occasionally spend time at the office. "What are you doing here?" Regina demanded, standing up. Emma didn't even seem to notice Ruby's presence.

"I'm here for you." Emma said shortly. Regina glanced at Ruby, but Emma still didn't acknowledge the third person's presence.

"Emma, I really don't think that this is a good time..." She started to say. A small part of Emma's brain acknowledged that it was good sign that Regina hadn't called her Sheriff Swan, but she was going for more than just being on a first name basis.

"You're going to make time." Emma told her firmly. Regina looked away nervously.

"Look, Emma, I get that you're upset about the things I've been doing, but you need to understand that everything I've done is for a good purpose..."

"A good purpose? What possible 'good purpose' is there for you ignoring me and being a cold hearted bitch again?" Emma demanded. "You don't even want to have sex anymore!" Ruby choked back a laugh as Regina blushed. "Tell me, what purpose is there behind that? Is the world going to explode if you act like you love me?" Regina flinched at the word 'love'.

"You're not that far off." Regina mumbled, looking down at the ground. Emma stepped forward, gently but firmly grabbing Regina by the collar of her suit jacket.

"One kiss. Just one kiss on the lips. That's all I ask." She said. Regina refused to meet her eyes.

"Emma, that's really not a good idea..." She said softly.

"Regina." Emma said gently. "Look at me." Regina slowly looked up, meeting Emma's eyes for the first time. Emma was startled to see not just nervousness but genuine fear in Regina's eyes. "One kiss? Please?" Regina gulped, then stiffened.

"Very well." She said coldly. "One kiss." Emma leaned forward and pressed her lips against Regina's. Regina grew stiffer, but then slowly, very slowly, relaxed, her eyes closing. Emma ran her tongue along Regina's still closed lips, gently asking for entrance. There was a moment of hesitation, then Regina opened her lips. Just as their tongues started to wrestle, a flash of purple light blasted out from them, filling the room, and then spreading out to cover the whole town. Emma pulled back, startled.

"What the hell was that?" She demanded. Her eyes had been closed, but the light had been so bright she'd been able to see it through her eyelids. Regina, for her part, was silent, staring intently at the ground again.

"Wow." Ruby said slowly, making the two older women jump. They'd forgotten that she was there. "You two are in so much trouble." She chuckled. "Snow is going to kill both of you." Regina raised an eyebrow.

"You're surprisingly calm." She said dryly. "Aren't you going to try and kill me?" Ruby shrugged.

"The way I see it, I got indoor plumbing, electricity, a constant source of shelter, and no curse. Of course it would have been nice for you to ask us first, but that's a topic for another day. Right now you need to get out of here before Snow gets a sword and tries to kill Regina for 'corrupting' her daughter."

"What are you talking about?" Emma demanded, looking from Regina to Ruby and back again in confusion.

"We'll tell you later." Regina said quickly. "For the moment, let's just get back to my mansion." Emma looked at her for a moment, then sighed.

"Fine. But I expect an answer when we get home." Regina stiffened in surprise slightly at the use of the word 'home', but she nodded, grabbed Emma by the hand, and dragged her out of the office.